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Postcards to preview Great American Think-Off documentary April 11
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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — Pioneer Public Television’s Postcards program will preview Nik Nerburn’s documentary about the Great American Think-Off on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. The episode will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Monday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m. The complete documentary will also be available for online viewing through the station’s website:

Born and raised in Bemidji, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker Nik Nerburn’s latest documentary follows a stay-at-home mom from Nashville, a chess champion from Virginia Beach, a business consultant from Austin and a barista from New Orleans as they come together for an annual philosophy competition in New York Mills, where they compete for the title of "America’s Greatest Thinker." Bush Foundation and Obama Foundation Fellow Ashley Hanson is the moderator as the four citizen philosophers debate the question: "What has more of an impact on shaping one’s life: success or failure?” Postcards will preview just a portion of the 55-minute documentary — the full doc will be aired on Pioneer on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. To see the winner of the 2018 Great American Think-Off and watch the full debates, visit after the April 11 airdate.

The Great American Think-Off, now in its 27th year, is an annual philosophy contest hosted by the Cultural Center in New York Mills. Nerburn’s documentary followed the contest held in 2018. This year’s debate will be held on Saturday June 8, 2019.

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About Postcards

Postcards is produced by Dana Conroy with videography and editing by Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy. The program is made possible by contributions from the voters of Minnesota through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Production sponsors for the program include Shalom Hill Farm, Explore Alexandria Tourism and the Lake Region Arts Council.

About Pioneer Public Television

Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: